Nagpur, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said on Friday that around 35 multimodal logistics parks will be established in the country under the Bharatmala project, and four are proposed in Maharashtra.
Gadkari was speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and National Highways Logistics Management Ltd (NHLML), a special purpose vehicle from NHAI, for a multimodal logistics park in Sindhi in the Wardha Quarter of Maharashtra.
The minister said that around 35 Multimodal Logistics Parks (MMLP) will be established in the country under the Bharatmala project, and four MMLP will be developed in Maharashtra, including Jalna, Nasik, Solapur and Sangli.
“These MMLPs will give a big boost to our economy and our exports,” he said.
The Union Minister said that MMLP Nagpur in Sindhi is a step towards manufacturing Nagpur and Wardha, which are located at the center of a logistics capital of India. It is a good export and import opportunity for businesses in the region, he added.
According to a statement, Nagpur is one of 35 strategic locations identified for the development of MMLP across India by the MoRT & H.
Nagpur, being centrally located and well served by road and rail, offers location advantages to establish industries, warehouses and associated facilities to link to ports.
MoRT & H (logistics) deputy secretary Suman Prasad Singh said that out of about 35 MMLP, work on one in the northeast region has already been completed.
Likewise, a memorandum of understanding has been signed for the start-up of another MMLP in Chennai and the third is underway in Sindhi-Wardha.
The statement added that the proposed project site to develop MMLP Nagpur is located in Sindhi in Wardha district and the total project site area is 345.54 acres with an estimated project cost of Rs 780 crore.
The MMLP is expected to be developed over an area of 230 acres, while the rest of the land could be used for industrial development depending on demand. The acquisition of the land for the dry port has already been completed by the JNPT.
The press release also indicates that around 10 million tonnes of freight are expected to be handled at MMLP by 2051.
The facilities envisaged in this MMLP are, among others, warehouses, cold stores, intermodal transfers, handling facilities for container terminals and bulk cargo / scrap terminals.
Gadkari also mentioned the Nagpur-Hyderabad highway but did not give more details on the project.